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'Les Miserables' musical being performed beginning Sept. 20

Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley Tribune/Courtesy photo<br>
Jean Valjean (Steve Gustke) tries to comfort Fantine (Bethany Clesceri) during a dress rehearsal for the Lonesome Valley Playhouse production of “Les Miserables – School Edition.”

Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley Tribune/Courtesy photo<br> Jean Valjean (Steve Gustke) tries to comfort Fantine (Bethany Clesceri) during a dress rehearsal for the Lonesome Valley Playhouse production of “Les Miserables – School Edition.”

The Lonesome Valley Playhouse has adapted Victor Hugo's epic tale of love and redemption in "Les Miserables - School Edition."

The story follows the lives of several characters in early-1800s France, including Jean Valjean, released after 19 years in prison for stealing bread; Inspector Javert, who is determined to ruin Valjean's new life; and factory worker Fantine, who is abandoned by her lover to raise her daughter on her own.

The musical's 29 actors, from throughout the quad-cities, range in age from 8 to 19. Clyde Neville directs and produces; Shana Burton is the musical director; and Ann Marie Hardesty is the costumer. Alexes Niekamp, assistant musical director, and Tamee Niekamp, assistant director, also worked on the production. The play, put on by Lonesome Valley Playhouse, is being performed at Franklin Phonetic school.

Performances are 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 21, at Franklin Phonetic School, 6116 E. Highway 69, Prescott Valley. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and teachers are admitted free.

For more information, call Clyde at 583-4684.